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Friday, 15 March 2019



A promising female footballer faces her biggest struggles off the field.

Twenty-year-old Alina is passionate about football, practising in worn-out kits that she’s sewn back together herself. She plays for Kiev’s only women's club in the premier league and hopes to join Ukraine's national team. But her duties at home prevent her from fully dedicating herself to sports: with her addict stepfather spending his child support money on alcohol and her mother never in any state to help, Alina has to shoulder the responsibility for her younger half-brother and half-sister. There’s never any cash, and they all live together in a shabby, cramped apartment in Kiev. When the family is hit by a cruel stroke of fate, Alina is faced with the dilemma of choosing between football and her family’s needs.

Home Games is a film about making one's dreams come true when the odds are stacked against you.

“I don't want to say too much about Home Games, I prefer to let people find out as they watch it, but I will say that it is a sad film full of light and hope. Our team refers to it as "the dented fairy tale". It's important to me because it's a film about the little people. My generation started its revolution in 2014 to change our country and make it a better place to live. For that, we pay a high price because our neighbour has decided to inflict a war on us. People like my heroine, Alina, don't go to war, but their daily life is a war, a fight for survival. These people are forgotten in our society, I want to give them the light they deserve. I want my cinema to be social, realistic, but also poetic. I would like to show that there is always hope, even when the light seems to have gone out. Home Games is a very Ukrainian film about girls playing football, but it also describes the state of our society.” Director’s statement by Alisa Kovalenko


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